A new Berlin artist and performer, burlesque diva Daria from Kyiv!

Daria posing for Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes April 25 2022 6Daria has moved to Berlin from Kyiv.

She is a burlesque performer and artist, and she has the most incredible period face and a fantastic aesthetic. She recently modeled for the excellent Berlin life-drawing team Sketcherei, and the session was online as well as IRL, so I was able to join!

Daria posing for Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes April 25 2022 7I love Sketcherei life-drawing sessions.

The models are always thoughtfully chosen, in allyship, and beautifully lit! The wonderful team Alexandra and Liana of Sketcherei really care about sex workers, about art and about drawing.

As I have said many times, the Sketcherei team is devoted to fundraising.

This event raised money for Berlin NGO Berlin to Borders, a local org created by nightlife titans.

Daria posing for Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes April 25 2022 5

I tried my new Pentel brush pen and I liked it.

Using the Pentel pen, water-based ink and another brush pen loaded with water. Instant grey washes! Plus a pale peachy watercolor brush pen. And that’s it! No pencil.

Here’s Daria’s insta and photography insta.

More about Berlin to Borders: this homegrown humanitarian org is providing direct aid to the most vulnerable folx escaping the war in Ukraine. They are hiring for paid work and looking for volunteers.

See the website or linktree for how to donate, volunteer or get hired!

More Sketcherei sessions I’ve joined:

Sketcherei with Chiqui Love.

Sketcherei with Berlin Strippers Collective and Akynos.

Sketcherei with Berlin Strippers Collective and Chiqui again!

Sketcherei with Dotti Moscati for Valentines 2022.


Queer Art Icons with Rubyyy Jones!

Rubyy a la Opie by Suzanne Forbes Jan 24 2022 3I ‘d wanted to catch one of Rubbyyy Jones’ drawing sessions for forever!

I drew them once years ago at Full Moon Cabaret, and had such a good time doing it.

Rubyy a la Lempicka by Suzanne Forbes Jan 17 2022 4Since then they have created Life Drawing Rubyyy Jones, a whole Patreon community for life drawing, and more, including movement classes and act creation instruction. Insta, personal Instalinktree.

Rubyyy Jones a la Catherine Opie by Suzanne Forbes Jan 24 2022 whoreRubyyy’s January theme was sets and looks influenced by historic queer artists.

I made the Tamara de Lempicka/Lilac and Catherine Opie/Orange sessions! I was not familiar with Los Angeles photographer Catherine Opie‘s work, so I am very grateful to Rubyyy Jones and session facilitator Prinx Lydia for the introduction!